{A Hike in Howth}

On our last afternoon in Ireland, Adam and I took an easy train ride to a small fisherman’s village called Howth (pronounced hoe-th). There we hiked around part of the peninsula. It was much colder and windier than in Dublin because of our proximity to the water and we were glad to have brought our jackets. The sights were breathtaking- green grass, yellow flowers, rolling hills, crashing waves, the endless sea and even some horses (!). After a couple of hours, our feet were killing us and we knew it was time to go back to Dublin for some dinner and sleep. Back in Dublin we stumbled upon a Victorian house that had been converted into a restaurant called The Oval Bar. This restaurant was amazing and definitely a must-visit. The atmosphere was homey and relaxing and the service was great, but the food was the best part. I had roasted chicken, potatoes and vegetables with gravy and Adam had sea bass with rice and a local craft beer. Dinner at The Oval was the perfect way to end our time in Ireland and we were definitely sad to leave.


{Dublin: Guinness Brewery}

We heard about the incredible Guinness Storehouse experience through friends and we were not disappointed. We began our quest through the Storehouse with a self-guided tour showing us how the beer is made and the history of the Guinness brand. The highlight was definitely the Guinness Academy where you learn to pour the ‘perfect pint’ of Guinness, which takes exactly 119.5 seconds to pour (and they take this very seriously!). Once we ‘graduated’ from the academy, we made our way to the top floor, which houses a bar with fantastic views of the city. I didn’t like the beer (too bitter), but it was such a fun experience and something I highly recommend.

{Dublin// The Beginning of our 5-Week Adventure}

Adam and I snagged a great deal on air tickets through Hipmunk from Fort Lauderdale to Dublin and started our European adventure there. We arrived at 8am local time, which was 3am our time, and in an effort to fight jetlag, started our day right away. Our first stop was lunch at a really cool pub called Arthur’s, which we found through a bartender who was kind enough to help two very tired and hungry Americans find a good place to eat. The place got its name from Arthur Guinness, the father of the Guinness brewery whose drinks are a staple in Dublin. Despite it being summer, it was a bit chilly out, so we sat in the back next to the fire, which was something that us Floridians were definitely not used to. I had fish and chips and Adam had Irish stew. The pub was a nice place to relax, eat and drink.
Our post lunch activities included walking, exploring and wandering. We saw castles, churches, the famous Temple Bar, Trinity College and so much more. We also learned about Dublin’s Viking history (bet you never thought Vikings and Dublin went together!). Dublin is a beautiful city with vibrant colors, beautiful waterways and very friendly people and we both loved being there.